Mike Manning (actor)
|Mike C. Manning|
|Born||Michael Christopher Manning
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
|Occupation||Activist, actor, model, television personality, producer, writer|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
Michael Christopher "Mike" Manning is an American reality television personality, actor and activist who gained fame as a cast member on the MTV series The Real World: D.C. During his time on the show, episodes in which he was featured focused on his struggle between his being a devout Christian and openly bisexual, and his work for the Human Rights Campaign and the Energy Action Coalition. He has since appeared in numerous TV and film roles.
Michael Christopher Manning is from Thornton, Colorado. His parents are Michael Sr. and Susan Manning. He has a brother named Jonathan and a sister named Alyssa. He grew up in Colorado and Florida.
Manning was involved with children's theater. He started his entertainment career at the age of 14 in the Horizon Stage's production of And They Dance Real Slow in Jackson, and soon after appeared in a production of Oliver! based on the classic Charles Dickens story. He was described in his MTV biography as "the typical jock...a star athlete, prom king, popular with all the girls...an all around golden child from a Christian family."
The Real World: DC
Manning's TV career started in 2009 on The Real World: DC, the twenty-third season of MTV's reality television series The Real World, for which Manning auditioned on a random lark with a friend. At the time of his joining the cast, then-22-year-old Manning described himself as "a pile of contradictions", for reasons that included his bisexuality. Having recently come out after several years of questioning his orientation, the revelation caused conflict with some of his loved ones. MTV's bio for him indicated that his time in D.C. would be a turning point for him and the question of whether his family would accept his sexuality. Manning explained in the season premiere that he attended church every Sunday, providing common ground through which he hoped to bond with his castmate and fellow churchgoer, Ashley Lindley. His storyline also depicted his social life, in particular his newfound freedom to openly date men during his time in the house, which he could not do back home, and his concerns that committing to a relationship with another man would preclude his ability to one day get married "under God".
Manning joined the cast with the intention of working as an environmentalist, but unexpectedly became an activist for LGBT rights as well, working for the Human Rights Campaign and the Energy Action Coalition. During the course of his work for the Human Rights Campaign, Manning met with openly gay Congressman Jared Polis of Colorado and Congressman James P. Moran of Virginia, and attended the October 10, 2009 HRC dinner at which President Barack Obama spoke.
During The Real World: Washington D.C. Reunion, which premiered on March 31, 2010 following the season finale, Manning indicated that he was studying part-time to be a personal trainer, attended Bible study, and had recently acquired a job as a host on a TV show.
He also appeared in the film I Do, which premiered worldwide on July 18, 2012. In June 2012 Manning starred alongside Dean Cain and Kristy Swanson in the Hallmark Channel film Operation Cupcake. Manning has also been in the films, Black Hearts, The Brothers Sinclair, and Gingerdead Man 3: Saturday Night Cleaver, as well as the self produced, The Campsite Killer, a short comedy-horror film. He has also been producing a documentary called Kidnapped for Christ.
Manning appeared in "Kapu", the January 14, 2013 episode of the CBS TV series Hawaii Five-0, in which he played a young college student. He also wrote, produced and starred in the short horror film Campsite Killer. Manning appeared in "Party Crasher", the November 5, 2012 episode of Disney XD's "Crash & Bernstein", playing the Australian boyfriend of the lead female Amanda.
Manning plays a lead role in the Disney Channel original movie Cloud 9, centered around competitive snowboarding, with a premiere date of January 17, 2014. Manning plays Nick Swift in the movie, and was trained by ex-members of the US Olympic Snowboarding Team for the role.
Mike C. Manning is an Executive Producer on the documentary film Kidnapped for Christ along with N'Sync Alum Lance Bass. The film sheds light on controversial behavior modification methods used on children, sent there by their parents, at an Evangelical Christian reform school "Escuela Caribe" located in the Dominican Republic. Kidnapped for Christ will be premiering at the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, UT at the end of January, 2014. Tom DeSanto, executive producer of the X-Men and Transformers films is also involved with the project.
Manning also produced the short film Campsite Killer as well as the feature film Black Hearts. Black Hearts won the award for "Best Comedy" at the Laughlin International Film Festival in October, 2013. Manning will guest star in an episode of the online drama series Youthful Daze that will premiere in 2014, along with Paul Vandervort and Bryan James.
On June 11, 2010 Manning was awarded the 2011 Courage Award by the Los Angeles-based organization LifeWorks, for his dedication to the youth development and mentoring program. He was also awarded Weekender magazine's Rebel With A Cause Award. He is also the official Youth Ambassador for the anti-bullying organization Boo2Bullying.
- Pura Vida (2010) as Host
- The Real World: D.C. (16 episodes, 2009-2010)
- 2010 American Music Awards (2010) as Red Carpet Host
- This Week in Reality TV (1 episode, 2011)
- ACME Hollywood Dream Role (1 episode, 2011)
- Crash & Bernstein (1 episode, 2012)
- Operation Cupcake (TV Movie, 2012)
- Hawaii Five-0 (1 episode, 2013)
- Cloud 9 as Nick Swift (TV Movie, 2014)
- Youthful Daze (22 episodes, 2014)
- Black Hearts
- eCupid (2011) as Myles
- Gingerdead Man 3: Saturday Night Cleaver (2011) as Adonis, Bugsby
- The Brothers Sinclair (2011) as Jeffrey Sinclair
- Operation Cupcake (2012) as Ray Macewan
- I Do (2012) as Craig
- "Biography". mikecmanning.com. Retrieved January 24, 2013.
- Zak, Dan (October 29, 2009). "A peek inside the 'Real World' house in Washington, D.C." The Washington Post. Retrieved August 26, 2011.
- "From D.C., With Love". The Real World: DC. Season 23. Episode 14. March 31, 2010. MTV.
- "Out of the Closet and Onto the Stage". The Real World: DC. Season 23. Episode 8. February 17, 2008. MTV.
- Giddens, Jamey (September 22, 2011). "The Real World D.C.'s Mike C. Manning on Acting Gigs, Shooting Down Reichen on The A-List and ACME's Hollywood Dream Role". Zap2It.
- "Real World: Washington D.C.: Cast: Mike". MTV. Retrieved December 22, 2012.
- Eng, Joyce (December 30, 2009). "The Real World: DC Will Be "a Little Less Party, a Little Bit More Engaged"". TV Guide. Retrieved August 26, 2011.
- Stephanie Green; Elizabeth Glover (July 31, 2009). "GREEN & GLOVER: A night for Julia". The Washington Times. Retrieved August 12, 2009.
- "Looks Can Be D.C.-ving". The Real World: DC. Season 23. Episode 1. December 30, 2009. MTV.
- Real World (Washington D.C.): Real World: Washington D.C.: Cast Profiles. MTV. accessed August 26, 2011.
- O'Bryan, Will (January 7, 2010). "Coming Out Mike-sexual: Real World's Mike Manning talks about God, government and going both ways". Metro Weekly. Retrieved January 8, 2010.
- The Real World: Washington D.C. Reunion. MTV. March 31, 2010.
- "Bipartisan Loving". The Real World: DC. Season 23. Episode 2. January 6, 2010. MTV.
- "When Push Comes to Shove". The Real World: DC. Season 23. Episode 6. February 3, 2010. MTV.
- "Sisterhood and Brotherly Love". The Real World: DC. Season 23. Episode 13. March 24, 2010. MTV.
- "Christian Chávez tendría romance con Mike C. Manning (Spanish)". Generaccion.com. February 15, 2011.
- (November 27, 2009). "'The Real World DC' releases first look at new series and Mike, its bisexual / gay / questioning cast member". Metro Weekly. Retrieved August 26, 2011.
- O'Bryan, Will (January 7, 2010). "Coming Out Mike-sexual: Real World's Mike Manning talks about God, government and going both ways", Metro Weekly. Retrieved August 26, 2011.
- (December 31, 2009). "'The Real World: DC' features bisexual housemate", ChicagoPride.com. Retrieved August 26, 2011.
- Katherine Skiba and Peter Nicholas. "Gay rights: Obama addresses Human rights Campaign dinner, pledges to end 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'". Chicago Tribune. October 11, 2009
- Williams, Ken. "VIDEOS: FilmOut Q&A with JC Calciano, filmmaker behind "eCupid" and "Is It Just Me?"". San Diego Gay & Lesbian News. August 17, 2011
- Woulfe, Neil. "Meet Mike Manning -- Reality TV Star Opens Up About Coming Out". RadarOnline. June 10, 2011
- da Silva Villarrubia, Santiago Katriél (November 28, 2012). "The Campsite Killer, by Mike C. Manning". Funny or Die. Retrieved October 13, 2013.
- "Recent Projects: I Do, Operation Cupcake, Black Hearts and Kidnapped for Christ". Retrieved November 24, 2012.
- "The Creation of Kidnapped for Christ". Retrieved November 24, 2012.
- "Crash & Bernstein Episode: Party Crasher". TV Guide. Retrieved January 24, 2013.
- Graser, Marc. "Disney Channel Puts Spotlight on Dove Cameron with Series, Movie (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety.com. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
- Perlman, Jake. "New Disney Channel movie 'Cloud 9' hits the slopes in the world of competitive snowboarding". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 19 December 2013.
- Nededog, Jethro. "'N Sync Alum Lance Bass Joins 'Kidnapped for Christ' Doc as Executive Producer". The Wrap. Retrieved 8 August 2013.
- Ring, Trudy. "Kidnapped for Christ to Premiere at Slamdance". TheAdvocate.com. Retrieved 10 December 2013.
- "Filmography". Rachford Web Design. Retrieved 8 August 2013.
- "2013 Laughlin International Film Festival Winners". Laughlin Buzz. Retrieved 10 December 2013.
- "'Youthful Daze' Season 2 is on its way!". WZRA TV. Retrieved 22 February 2014.
- Greg Hernandez. "My recap of the LifeWorks Live Out Loud event honoring Mike C. Manning and Zach Wahls". Greg In Hollywood. Retrieved June 13, 2011.
- "Boo2Bullying Website". Boo2Bullying Organization. Retrieved January 24, 2013.
- "Players". Black Hearts: A film following a group of black-hearted Angelenos. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
- Alek; Steph (April 25, 2011). "eCupid 'Love On The Download' Movie Trailer'". OHLALA. Retrieved August 26, 2011.
- eCupid - The Official Movie Website. Retrieved August 14, 2012.
- "The Brothers Sinclair Cast Page 1". thebrotherssinclair.com Retrieved August 14, 2012.
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